Looking into those empty eyes... Emotionless bones around a large smile striving from the depths of an unknown personality, creepy happiness carefully drawn in most cases by a row of perfectly shaped teeth. I started to wonder where the tooth fairy is when you need it...
Funky ribbons, precious stones, molded clay and metal pieces, plastic waste and an old typewriter comprise a prodigious "atlas" of human craniums, bizarre sculptures of human skulls. Rather than mastering their victims, the cobras and maggots are more like a prey worn with pride by the "skeletal remains". Imaginary worlds build up in silver as an argument for a million thoughts and post-mortem braces stay still for a no cavities afterlife.
Dreams of heavenly quiet and cold nature replace human brains and become stunning scenery on top of human-like skulls built up in silver by the Danish artist Frodo Mikkelsen. Hidden cottages and winter trees, grizzly bears as still images of the last deadly thoughts.
Maskull Lasserre gives life to "the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility" by sculpting into old computer books.
"The several decorative styles and forms I cite simultaneously hold divine and vulgar meaning in the present age, having an irrational quality that contradict each other." - Katsuyo Aoki
Jim - "He goes to New Zealand, stops over Vanuatu, discovers Australia, India, and lands in Hong-Kong." Mixing the multitude of colors and cultures into his artworks.
Sometimes not just pure, outrageous form of art, but a leit-motif to celebrate death, the constant companion from birth, a dear friend to be played with, to speak with - Dia de los Muertos, Mexico's Day of the Dead.
Barro negro pottery, literally translated "black mud," is hand-crafted in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Black clay skulls are hand molded and wood fired in thick black smoke to create the black color, then polished using quartz pieces and covered with insects and maggots, snails and... butterflies!
A monologue. The skull of a dead court jester and Hamlet. The words Shakespeare put on the lips of the notorious Hamlet describe perfectly the vicious effects of death.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1).But this is definitely the human condition where really nightmarish art begins shamelessly.
Considering the fact that paint brushes represent the most common tools known to mankind, for many of us they are hard to be perceived items. Mainly defined by practical, versatile shapes, the brushes become like our hand extension and the vital element for placing colors in almost all areas of our life: from cars manufacturing and buildings construction to wall framed decorations and even calligraphy.
The magic wands which pass unseen give color to the world around us. And make it dynamic, bright and radiant.
Funny Mustached Paintbrush Packages - These were the first ones that came to my attention. Two simple brushes taken out of the huge variety and brilliantly packed within a simple hand-drawn face cardboard wrap. A clever packaging: the bigger brush serves as a mustache while the smaller one is adjusted to the design as a sole patch under the lower lip. Still, even if the design is pretty funny, the look on the printed faces is lost, confused, perplex. Any word you want to use. But hardly happy.
The Altered Brush Project - Wrapped in lace, covered with butterflies, thoughtfully painted. Creative and eco-conscious project of Donna Downey has transformed dozens of simple paint brushes into amazing works of art. For $15, you receive by mail a brush out of which you can make a nicely artistic decoration. Even old brushes can be more than just trash.
Just like the song says. :) I started to take driving lessons. Again! After I haven't touched a car in many years... So funny cars are back among my favorite subjects! And, of course, everything else connected to them.
As we already have those insane cars, maybe it's time to search for a cool parking place in a a modern metropolis. I could find a lot of pictures of crazy, smashing car parks. The location is absolutely impressive for some. Others have an amazing architecture or artistic paintings. Mmmm... I wish I was there with my little car.On the stage, once more
A wonderful car park inside the former Michigan Theatre. We could say it is Detroit’s stylish Italian Renaissantist parking garage, ironically built on the same site as the first automobile workshop owned by Henry Ford. After one hundred years, the site is turning to its original function, leaving behind the glorious times as an amusement marvel.
“It is not merely a theatre for Detroit. It is a theatre for the whole world. It is designed to be the great showplace of the middle west.” (Kunsky, August 1926)
The amazing scenery makes a simple parking garage stand out from the crowd. Deeply dug into the rock, the concrete parking lots imagined by Swiss firm Peter Kunz Architektur give the enjoyment of the mountainous splendor of Herdern, Switzerland
Especially if we bring into discussion the most amazing garage in Miami Beach. A few palms, some green bushes and a few plants crawling the walls in search of light - a wonderful terrace in the middle of the city. It's hard to believe it can hide a simple parking.
And because we are at the green chapter... Last year, there were some rumors about some fascinating power generating parking lots that were going to form a 10 megawatt photovoltaic carport for Aramco headquarters, in Saudi Arabia - the world's largest parking of this kind. I wonder if the project became a reality...
Eureka Parking in Melbourne has the walls and floors painted with an outstanding illusion in order to indicate the directions easier inside the building. Being in the right position, the driver can see the distorted letters as one piece.
And because we are talking about illusions, it is impossible to ignore the Cornerstone Square Parking Garage, Canton, Ohio. A true marvel. A simple building completely transformed by painting its exterior with three dimensional images. A work like this demands talent, imagination, experience and Eric Grohe has them all. More about the technique...Before... and after.